Libraries’ ‘A Summer Reid’ focuses on health care

"The Healing of America" by T.R. ReidIs there a better way to provide health care than America’s current system? T.R. Reid thinks so.

Author of the New York Times best-seller “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care,” Reid set out to compare the United States’ health care system with those of other industrialized nations worldwide.

This summer, York County Libraries, witf and Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA are partnering to put “The Healing of America” into the hands of area readers. Dubbed “A Summer Reid,” the program encourages adults to borrow the book from their library and discuss it with friends, family, co-workers or neighbors.

“There’s a lot of different mindsets about health care,” said Karen Hostetter, community relations coordinator with York County Libraries. “What we want is for people to read something that gives them food for thought. … This just gives them a sense of what is going on in the world.”

Participating counties include York, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon and Lancaster, plus the Hershey, Middletown and Newport public libraries.

“Reid does a fantastic job of explaining health care in other countries, in readable English,” Hostetter said.

In his visits to countries including France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and Canada, Reid explores the two main issues that the U.S. deals with: the cost of health care and the millions of Americans without health insurance.

Readers who participate in a discussion and complete a survey by Aug. 30 will be entered to win one of 30 spots at Aligning Forces for Quality’s annual meeting Sept. 11, where Reid will speak and sign copies of the book.

“We were pleased to sponsor (the program) because we think the community of southcentral Pennsylvania is ready and this discussion is important,” said Chris Amy, project director for Aligning Forces For Quality – South Central PA, which works to address gaps in health care in the community and focuses on patient empowerment. “We’re trying to give a patient education and skill-building to be better advocates for their health care.”

Copies of “The Healing of America” — 70 total across York County Libraries’ 13 locations — went on the shelves in mid-June, and each library is free to plan its own programs or discussion sessions. Readers can also contact the AF4Q office to inquire about a discussion group.

‘A Summer Reid’
What: “A Summer Reid,” featuring “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care” by T.R. Reid
When: Now through Aug. 30
Where: Libraries across southcentral Pennsylvania
Contest: Readers who complete the survey at www.transforminghealth.org by Aug. 30 will be entered to win one of 30 spots at the invitation-only annual dinner for Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA, to be held Sept. 11. Reid will speak and sign copies of the book.
Details: Visit www.yorklibraries.org or www.aligning4healthpa.org

About Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.
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